Taking Back God from the Atheists

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Taking back God from the atheists (featured content on Dr. Jeff Eisen’s new, upcoming book, The God Book)

A few years ago there was a lot of talk about the new atheists, writers and public speakers (Like Richard Dawkins) who argued vociferously against the existence of God. They argue against the Old and New Testament depictions of God as a paternalistic personage who is the Creator of the universe, also omnipotent, beyond reproach and fulfilling a plan which is ultimately both all-inclusive and completely benevolent.  Their arguments were actually attacks on true believers and the Judeo-Christian religions, attacks which dwelled on the internal inconsistencies, the claimed miracles and the scientific fallacies with which the Bible contains, and upon which true believers based their claims for the existence of God.

These new atheists fancied themselves the vanguard of progressive thinking, but the truth is that they were just erecting (or more accurately accepting) a strawman, and then knocking him down. In doing so, despite their arrogance and intellectual pretensions, they exhibited no more thoughtfulness than the religionists they oppose. Not only were both in error, they were both in the same error, just on different sides of it.

Of course God does not exist as the bible portals him: an omnipotent puppeteer, creating both the set (Universe) and the puppets and then pulling the strings. As a matter of fact God does not exist as any-thing at all. But this does not mean that God does not exist! God does exist, but not as a thing, and not necessarily under that name.  God exists as the substrate of consciousness beneath all forms, the force animating all life, the Oneness common to all the separate things.  Just as the material world of form does not exist except as a perceptual experience of quantum level reality, so God does not exist except as an experience of the selfsame perception. The point is not to invalidate these biblical myths of God; any rationalistic idiot can do that. The point is to go beyond the thingness attributed to God, to the universal experience, the universal longing, the universal premonition of something more, something basic, something sacred, something mysterious, and ask “what is being experienced in this longing “?

But before both the devout and the atheists can do that, they have to face the psychological roots both in their belief in God and their rejection of God, their need to believe and their need not to believe! 

 The need to believe in God has many roots. One of these is humanity’s desire for a good, loving, parent, someone to take care of them and to keep them safe through all the hardships of life: famine, floods, disease and war. To do this that parent has to be all-powerful. In other words that parent has to be Godlike. Another root is the fear of death. Everyone dies, yet if you believe in the biblical God and you play your cards right your soul will go to heaven – where it will live forever.

Yet another root is the need to make sense out of a senseless existence in a senseless world.  A mature mind can find sense in the unfolding of natural processes… the Tao, evolution, entropy, randomness etc., and can accept chance and meaninglessness as well. But the childish mind, the mind that has not yet accepted the limitations of the parents, while rejecting both the protection and their authority, and thus always looks to them for guidance, sense, meaning, coherence, can only be found in a plan.  Any plan must be preconceived in a mind, and the biggest plan of all, the plan for the universe, must preexist in the mind of God. It must be part of God’s plan.

For these childish minds, these true believers and unbelievers, these needy ones (and that category includes most of the human race) there are no end of people waiting to exploit their weaknesses. The majority of these are true believers themselves, sharing the same weakness, the same need for self-delusion. But some are spiritual predators, deceiving others for money, power and prestige. These people are lost souls, true monsters, and the belief systems, the deceptions, both religious and atheistic that they insinuate into our institutions, be they churches, governments, schools or helping professions are the real work of the devil.

The atheists, the scoffers, the people who fervently deny God are on the other pole of the same dimension. Their problem is really hidden despair. So deep is their discouragement, so limitless is their alienation that they reject their own souls. They are one-dimensional men and women, rationalists, materialists. They treat themselves, their children and the world as things, and things can be qualified, compared and consumed.  That the biblical God should exist is unthinkable, but that there should be a dimension of being, a soul dimension beyond the material, yet experienceable, is very probable.

The point is not to tear down this catchall and paternalistic concept of God, this pathetic misconception, this belief born of desperation and matured by misdirection.  The point is to replace arrogance with compassion, to understand the biblical God’s roots in human misery and human need, and to address the real, underlying problems without attacking the popular solutions, because only then will the majority of humanity mature enough to turn away from primitive beliefs and find their Selves; only when the underlying disease is cured will the symptoms abate.

The first step in this endeavor is to replace the biblical God with the real deal, to go back to the early Gnostic conceptions of God, the sacred philosophies and psychologies of Buddhism, Advaita Vedanta, contemporary non-duality and the esoteric teachings of the other great religions. These, properly understood, will give people a real source of comfort and security, a real resting place for their souls, a real intimation of immortality.

For the need and the experience of God, call it whatever name you will, has been arising in the human heart since the dawn of humanity. The time has come to break free of the spell of religion, with its urging to take the biblical Gods seriously, and with its equally preposterous assigning to the category of godlessness all those who resist. The time has also come to deeply explore and understand the roots of this experience, rather than just mocking the absurdities of the various scriptures.

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PsychoNoetics as Buddhist Healing

In many ways PsychoNoetics fits squarely within the Buddhist tradition and can be seen as Buddhist healing. First of all it, like the whole of Buddhism, is a program for escaping suffering. What’s more, the conception of suffering is the same in PsychoNoetics and Buddhism, namely it is the suffering we create for ourselves. Furthermore the origination and continuation of suffering are seen in the same way in PsychoNoetics and Buddhism. Some of these similarities are:

The laws of cause and effect (karma), as they are held and work in the consciousness of the individual. (On the level of the physical body as well as the enoeic {karmic or soul} and egoic levels)
The ways in which karmic cause-and-effect work through perception, both sensory and cognitive.
The way sensory and cognitive perception is formed through prior learning and the way prior learning is formed through perception creating an unconscious feedback loop.
The way this feedback loop needs to be brought to consciousness before it can be revised.
The need to gradually revise this feedback loop by letting go of the beliefs, emotions and intentions, (BEI’s) that underlie these perceptions.

Some Differences

PsychoNoetics of course differs from Buddhism in the means or technology to revise these beliefs. The principal technologies of Buddhism are meditation, education, insight and affirmation. To these, PsychoNoetics adds autokinesiological testing and intentional clearing.

In PsychoNoetics, the first and by far the most significant clearing is Karmic clearing or memory clearing. In this, consciousness itself is cleared of a stream of memories, whether they originated in a past lifetime or the present one. This washes clean the window of perception.

Although autokinesiological testing and intentional clearing are an addition to Buddhist techniques they are an addition that creates further differences. One of these is that, as the clearing proceeds, the mind holds fewer obstacles to stillness so there is less need for meditation.

The other big difference is that, while the pointing, inquiry and understanding aspects of Buddhist education are not only retained but emphasized, PsychoNoetics eschews all beliefs and affirmations for the path of letting go, of neti neti, not this not that. While this is not in accord with all Buddhist teaching, it does agree with the highest Buddhist teaching.
Nonattachment

Even beyond beliefs, Buddhism teaches that attachment is the root of all suffering and that letting go of attachments is one of the gateways to enlightenment. Not only is PsychoNoetics in agreement with this, it extends the principal from the psychospiritual level to the physical level. One of its discoveries is that all sorts of dis-eases, from allergies and autoimmune disorders to toxic reactions, diseases and even injuries can be “energy blocks and imbalances”, and are the physical analogs to psychospiritual beliefs and attachments. Following this insight, the diagnosis and treatment of physical dis-ease converges with the diagnosis and treatment of psychospiritual dis-ease.
Presence or Nirvana

Finally PsychoNoetics, like Buddhism, points to an unknowable place, a place beyond words, beyond any designation, a place of no-thingness in which some no-thing arises. That which arises when the causes of dis-ease are cleared is absolute ease, ultimate well-being. It is calm, clarity and compassion. It is inner freedom. It is presence, the presence of that state Buddhism calls Nirvana. And it heals the body as well as the mind and spirit.

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Perception, western culture and common knowledge

Sunday greetings!

In this complex world, living a life between what is real and the perceptual illusion is no small feat. The first step is to recognize the illusion.

This is a second taste of ‘seeing between’ the things that western culture, which is pretty much based on perception, has trained us to see. May it point you toward your own inquiry for truth.

Best, Jeff

PERCEPTION, WESTERN CULTURE AND COMMON KNOWLEDGE

Western culture – there’s a lot wrong with it and a lot of well-deserved criticism of it, but that criticism ignores one undeniable fact. Both Western culture and common knowledge are based on perception, ordinary, commonplace, human perception, that perception which boils down to the phrase people believe what they see.

But they also see what they believe, and between those two phrases falls the shadow. The shadow of what? – not exactly the shadow of death – or even blame – but the shadow of accountability.  People might not deserve blame for not questioning their experiences, for accepting “things” at face value, but they could do better.  They could hold themselves accountable; they could question their experiences– they could and they should.

Human perception dualizes, polarizes, separates, makes literal and otherwise changes the quality of our experience. Furthermore, it dissects the continuous system of reality into separate things. For convenience, let’s call these processes literalization and thingification.  For the most part, we in the Western world live in a culture of literalization, one in which we take metaphors and allegories literally. We also live in a culture of thingification, one in which we separate continuous systems into separate things. There is a connection between thingification and literalization; both are oversimplifications, convenient and user-friendly, but oversimplifications.

Western culture also interprets  (and now Western culture is everyplace.)  It functions as a ubiquitous, although secondary perceptual filter.  When Oneness is passed through the perceptual filter, it transforms into specialization. When inquiry is passed through this filter, it transforms into the scientific method.  When metaphysical revelations are passed through this filter, they transform into religions.

There are both advantages and disadvantages to these transformations. The advantages are the creation of a world which is simple, easy to manage and understand, user-friendly, intuitive and even predictable. Due to its advantages, our shallow Western culture of perceptual thingification is taking over the cultures of the East, but as I have said, these simplifications do not come cheaply.  There is an exorbitant price to pay, namely the flattening out of experience and the sacrificing of the sacred.

The World Wide Web has made alternate cultural viewpoints widely available almost everywhere.  And our perceptually based “common sense” culture, like the polar ice, is gradually melting in the West at the same time that it is freezing the “spiritual” cultures of the East.

Appropriateness

A word of caution: escaping the perceptual illusion and the culture that it leads to is to be done with discrimination, considerately, sparingly and appropriately. For the perceptual illusion is the natural way we see. It is the source of the poetry in life, as well as its spontaneity and humor. Its escape is not to be undertaken lightly, and above all, not with white knuckled determination.

Awareness of the perceptual illusion is meant to be almost an afterthought – but one that, once thought of, one acts on.  We need to be aware of the perceptual illusion so that we can retroactively inhibit acting on those perceptions of anthropocentrism, separateness and linearity, as well as the knee-jerk emotional reactions of territoriality, aggression, againstness and competitiveness, that inescapably flow with it. However, this awareness is not meant to prevent those perceptions and reactions from first occurring.

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Perception… the indispensable illusion

Dear Friends,

Orienting oneself in today’s world is difficult to say the least. I’m called to offer some clarity, which seems to be what I can do and what I can write.  Over the next few weeks, I will be sending out a series of posts about the process by which we ‘see’ the world, how we interpret it emotionally, and in the end about human nature, and how the whole of what we see is an artifact of what we are.

If you’re wondering about the way things work, perhaps it will be of some value to you in these times.

Best, Jeff

PERCEPTION… THE INDISPENSABLE ILLUSION

The act of perception, in all its modes, sensory and cognitive, blinks the known world into existence.  Because of that, it is often talked about in spiritual circles as creating the world, as if there would be no reality if there were no beings to perceive it.  To think that perception creates reality is a mistake, one that knocks the bottom out of any middle ground where physics and metaphysics could meet.  Perception does not create reality; it just creates our experience of reality.

An example will make this clearer.  Let’s say a bus is coming towards you.  Your powers of sensory perception furnish it with color, shape, size, temperature, sound, odor etc., whereas your powers of cognitive perception locate it and identify it as a bus.  Actually, it has none of these qualities.  They are all perceptual illusions, so to speak, and they are all relative to you as the observer.

If you didn’t possess the faculties of sight, hearing, smell, etc. the bus would not possess those qualities.  And if you did not have a brain that remembered, abstracted and put things in categories, the bus would not even be a bus.  Everything that makes up its “busness” and all of the rest of its physicality is a complex, perceptual illusion.  You did not create the reality of the bus; you just created its appearance.  But – and this is important to remember – even an unperceived bus will flatten you if you step in front of it.

The interpretive and transformational effects of the process of perception are invisible to us. For the most part, we just see the world as we see it, a self-evident given that we don’t even think to question.  But everything is not as we see it. As a matter of fact, nothing is. The world we live in is a complete illusion, but a user-friendly and indispensable one. The perceptual illusion greatly facilitates our making sense out of, negotiating and generally living in raw reality.

To better understand what I mean, take an example from the world of computing.  Windows is a graphic interface between the user and the system of programming instructions known as DOS.  It lets the user click on recognizable and ostensibly self-explanatory icons instead of typing in sets of complicated instructions. However, the pictures are really interfaces between the user and the DOS.  When you click an icon or picture, you are really selecting a set of commands.

In the same way, when you interact with an object in your perceptual field, you’re really interacting with an enormously complex intersection of energies in relative equilibrium.  Furthermore, these “energies” have no knowable, sensory qualities whatsoever, nor, for that matter, do they have cognitive qualities.  They are just what they are, yet they can never be known as they are, because as such they are completely lacking in sensory qualities.  However, they can be perceived, and in perception they manifest form and can be related to as such. Just remember that this form, though useful is completely illusory.

What is more, we pay a price for enjoying this “indispensable” illusion.  What is this price?   It is the carving up the world, ourselves included, into separate things, lifeless abstractions, mere resources, soulless and godless.

You see, the world we live in is not the real world; it is the world as it appears to us as it is filtered through the layers of our perception. We are actually being deceived by our processes of perception!

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An Open Letter

About five years ago, as some of you might know, I underwent my second brain operation for a recurrent meningioma and have been in a wheelchair ever since.  This is the explanation for my periods of web silence through these years.  However, I have been thinking and writing all the while, and I have immensely widened my view of human nature and how we got that way.

Now I am now ready to resume sending posts out. I am going to start by reposting something that I wrote and posted before my operation – the Omnius Manifesto – and I’m going to post it in two sections.  What it is, for the information of those who did not receive it the first time, is an evolutionary plan to change society for the better through acknowledging and refocusing human nature.

Our nature, the deep qualities of who we are as a biological species, needs to be considered at every level of every organization. In order to survive as a species, we must now be asking these questions of everything we do: ‘Does this policy evoke the better part of human beings? Does it lead human nature in the right direction?’

If, after reading and considering the Manifesto, you like it – please disseminate it in any way you can –first forward it to your friends and contacts; then post it on social media.  Help send its message out, that more and more of us may come to understand ourselves, and move toward an ‘enlightened self-interest’ in these critical times.

Then stand by for the next post – for I mean to keep them coming.

-JeffThe Omnius ManifestoThe Omnius Manifesto

A proposed solution to corporate irresponsibility and the
degradation of the human environment by redefining profit

download intro PDF: humansphere.org/wisecalltoaction 
download manifesto PDF: humansphere.org/omniusmanifesto

The corporation as a living system

Capitalism and the corporate culture, despite spinning off a virtual cornucopia of benefits for humanity as a side effect of its obsessive drive for profit, has become more and more destructive to both the quality of human consciousness and the quality of the ecosystem.  Capitalism is about making a profit and the corporations which populate capitalism are profit generating organisms.  In this, they’re not very different from biological organisms.  All living systems have to operate at a profit, that is increase their energy and substance, as well as propagate, in order to survive.

There is another similarity between corporations and living systems.  All living systems survive, increase and propagate by consuming the resources of their environment and successfully competing with other living systems for the same resources. And finally, like corporations, all living systems not only consume resources but transform them, thus adding value.

However all living systems, (with the exception of those created by industrial man) from bacteria to rain forests, whatever their rate and mode of consumption, ultimately create and put back more resources than they consume, with the ultimate return being the decomposition of their own bodies after death.  For the most part, all organisms are not only ecologically neutral, (contributing as much as they consume) but ecologically positive, (contributing more than they consume). One shining example of this principle is bacteria, which break down all sorts of matter, both organic and inorganic, into nutrients that not only can they use, but directly or indirectly can be used by all life.

All life is ecologically positive


Capitalism is ecologically negative

Recently however, industrial man has reversed this process, consuming far more than he contributes, creating mountains, rivers and clouds of unusable and toxic waste, and threatening the very ecosystem that supports him, so much so that in less than a century, a mere instant in the lifespan of the planet, the natural balance has begun to be destabilized and we are teetering on the brink of unprecedented scarcity in such basics as uncontaminated water and food, fossil fuels and clean air.

There are many proposals on how to fix capitalism and the corporate system but most are looking to either elevate the consciousness of management (with the idea that an increase there would trickle down the ladder of corporate practices), or elevate the consciousness of consumers, (with the idea that informed buying would influence corporate practices from the bottom up.)  Despite the merits of initiatives such as these I fear they are doomed to only a moderate success, so long as the way that the corporations profit does not reflect their consumption of resources, both natural and human.


Balancing production versus consumption

The way in which corporations now figure the ratio of profit to loss is basically double entry bookkeeping.  One column is for outflow, the cumulative cost of doing business; the other is for inflow, the income derived from selling goods, services and the like.  If the sum of column two exceeds the sum of column one, the corporation is profitable and viable; if not it eventually goes bankrupt.  No other considerations whatsoever really count.  If the bottom line does not show a profit, the corporation is not profitable.  End of story. Every other consideration, consumption, pollution, fairness, social consequence, aesthetics, ecological devastation etc., is reduced to profit or loss, i.e. is either an easily affordable luxury on the part of a corporation, or has to favorably influence the bottom line.

This, as far as it goes, is the way it has to be – even the way it should be.  Corporations are subject to approximately the same energy economics as living systems.  They have to make a profit, or at least not operate at a loss, in order to survive.  In addition, no one would either operate or invest in a Corporation that consistently operated at a loss.


Redefining profit (as whole system profit)

The problem though is not that corporations operate for a profit; it is that economics not reality defines this profit. Another way of saying this is that the corporation makes the profit, not humanity and the global ecology. As a matter of fact, corporations regularly profit at the expense of humanity and the global ecology, consuming and/or destroying a large part of the total system in order to realize a relatively minor profit for themselves.

At this time in history, a Corporation can destroy an ecosystem, pollute a river and impoverish an indigenous culture, but if it makes a monetary profit, if it costs less to destroy part of the world than the earnings such destruction engenders, the corporation is deemed profitable — and the investors realize a comfortable return on their investments.

That is not a real profit!  That is not a profitable corporation but a subsidized one that operates at a substantial loss. By who is it subsidized?  By the countries that house it, by the ecosystem of the globe, by you and I, and by every person that walks or will walk the earth.

It is clear that we have to build accountability and responsibility into the corporate mind. But the question is how to do this? I believe the most realistic answer starts with redefining profitability, in other words making it profitable for the corporation to contribute to the humansphere and unprofitable for it to consume without recycling and restoring.

And the only way to do this is to make corporations accountable for the real costs of their doing business, to make them fully responsible for the consumption and the destruction they cause, and to make them pay for the real costs of correcting it.

In this context a profitable bottom line would still be a surplus of income over expenditure, but the expenditure would include a monetization of the consumption and/or destruction of human and natural resources, and the income would include monetary compensation for the restoration of the human and natural resource pool. Corporations and governments working together could accomplish this by monetizing or otherwise calibrating social and ecological consumption and balancing it out with contributions to the whole system which would either be actual or financial.


Feasibility

Of course this will be a difficult task to accomplish but it can be facilitated by interfacing it with the corporation’s normal, accounting practices.  What I would propose would be changing from double entry to quadruple entry bookkeeping, adding a column on one side for system depletion or consumption and a column on the other side for system contributions.  In that way one could keep track of whether the corporation, viewed as a part of the total system of the humanity and the earth which supports it (i.e. the humansphere), was really operating at a profit or a loss. And if not, calculate to what extent the Corporation is withdrawing from the common property of all the sentient beings on earth.


Reverse taxation

Corporations then would be taxed for the real costs of cleaning up the environment, replenishing resources and (as if this is possible) reversing human suffering and the degradation of everyday life. Overseeing of this process would be a quasi-governmental function (on a global level).  I can imagine a sort of global IRS, or ERS (External Revenue Service) which would further tax corporations which are system negative, reduce taxation or credit and reward corporations which are system positive and neither further tax nor credit corporations which are ecologically neutral.

With this system of two-way taxation, corporations would not be taxed solely on the basis of traditional profitability but also on net loss or gain to the social and ecological system.  Profitability then would be redefined from a net monetary gain without regard to the whole system – to a net monetary gain balanced by its impact on the system. A system positive corporation would be proportionally rewarded, and a system negative Corporation would be heavily and proportionally taxed. With this system it would even be possible for a corporation to turn a profit when it was running at a monetary loss, or conversely, for a corporation to operate at a net loss, even though profitable in traditional terms. This alone, without necessitating any other changes whatsoever would lead corporate energies in new and positive directions.


Redirecting human nature

Marxism failed by not taking into account two aspects of human nature, selfishness and the survival drive. Margaret Thatcher was of the opinion that due to the same considerations of human nature, there were no viable alternatives to capitalism. However by redefining profitability you neither have to change human nature nor abandon capitalism! Profitability can be redefined by extending its beneficiaries from the individual or corporate selves (as well as other collective selves like family, religion, and nation) to the whole self system of the humansphere. This redefinition takes advantage of human nature and redirects it to benefit the world rather than plundering it. This is just the concept of enlightened self-interest expressed on the corporate level. **

If we redefined what it is to be profitable, neither human selfishness, nor the survival drive, nor the drive to corporate profitability would have to be changed.

Initially this would lead to a reduction in government revenue from corporate taxation. However this would be more than compensated for by a drastic reduction in expenditures for government services, subsidies, regulatory services, and the size of the social safety net. Many if not all of these governmental functions are now necessitated by corporate irresponsibility, but in the new order, where corporations are taxed or compensated for the way they impact social and environmental systems, the need for many of these government services will be dramatically reduced, and others will be assumed by the corporations themselves.  In addition the consumption and destruction of our planet will be gradually reversed as corporations find it more profitable to conserve and restore to consume and destroy.


Further benefits

The ways in which corporations can contribute are many, and the surface is not even scratched yet.  Once corporations grasp the fact that minimizing consumption and destruction and maximizing contribution and restoration can impact their profitability, saving more than it costs, the immense ingenuity of entrepreneurial capitalism will be turned to conservationist, ecological, social and humanitarian concerns, and the degradation of the natural environment and human consciousness will be quickly and profitably reversed, without the need for further regulation, corporate altruism or individual enlightenment.

Realistically, we can expect an increase in corporate altruism and both ecological and humanitarian awareness when and only when these qualities become economically advantageous.  Once this happens, corporations will value these traits in their employees and the propaganda/education machine of our society will begin to teach them in earnest.

Of course the monetization and/or calibration of negative and positive, societal and ecological consumption is going to be a difficult, contentious and time-consuming process, but it is doable.  Not only that, it will quickly spawn new technologies, new industries, new professions and above all – a new consciousness.

It will also be expensive, but only by the old standards of double entry bookkeeping and consumption profit.  By the new standards of contribution profit, where contribution is balanced against consumption, it will be immensely profitable — in dollar terms but even more, in environmental and human terms.

Not only that, but making corporations accountable for the damage they do will immensely diminish the cost of governing and running a country, from sustaining its infrastructure to providing human services, and will immensely decrease the necessary tax burden on the populace.  To develop only one example, cleaning up the environment, phasing out unhealthy and adulterated foods, cleansing the water supply and improving working conditions will immensely decrease the need for healthcare and thus the costs. However, these and other benefits will only accrue if our corporations can be made strictly accountable and billable for the way they consume our world.


Benefits to Human Consciousness

Last but and certainly not least will be the elevation of the human consciousness itself. Holocaust survivor Eli Weisel said of the Nazis “they killed the God in themselves”.  To a lesser extent but just as surely, corporations under their present charter tend to kill the God in all of us. They kill the God in their employees, they kill the God in the corporate officers, and they kill the God in the consumer, or at least try to. Why, because no matter how well-intentioned they are, and for the most part they are not very well-intentioned, profit and nothing but profit is the bottom line. Of course they will give lip service to all sorts of high ideals like integrity, green business practices and service to mankind, and sometimes even accomplish a modicum of that, but when profitability threatens viability, crueler – I mean cooler heads emerge, ideals are sacrificed and survival at any cost quickly becomes the name of the game.

This is not evil. To quote the “godfather” it is simply “business”.  Business in the present economic structure, with the present definition of profitability, is like that. No one is to blame and everyone is to blame. It is the system, and the system kills the God in everyone that the system touches.

We can try to change human nature but the truth is we are not going to succeed very well. In fact for the most part the very people who are trying to change it, are faced with the choice of either bucking the system and being made powerless or joining it and being corrupted. The only hope is to change the system itself.  But since Karl Marx there is not been a really compelling vision of a new, economic order. Communism failed not because its ideals were evil, but because it ignored the evil aspects of human nature, learning from that mistake, the Omnius Manifesto proposes to harness and redirect the “evil” forces of selfishness and survival consciousness rather than denying them.

Paradoxically however, if anything can change human nature it is harnessing and redirecting these very forces of selfishness and survival consciousness. It’s not that we’re going to change human nature, because human nature is what it is. But human nature is two sided.  Just as we can alienate or kill the God in us, we can also bring it out.  And for the most part being expected, nay required to be positive and loving, to do good deeds, to contribute to society, and to be part of a social order which encourages and rewards that, not only makes people happy, it brings out their Godness.

Wars, violence, criminal behavior, social unrest, marital discord, teenage ennui, litigiousness, all are symptoms, symptoms of a defective system, a system born of the illusion of separation, of competitive individualism. The present economic system, where the only mandate for corporations is to make profit for their stockholders, was conceived from that consciousness. However the son has become the father and now corporate consciousness is eroding even the competitive individualism that spawned it.  It is making almost everyone into corporate zombies, mindless of the devastation they wreak and ravenous for any vestige of living flesh not yet consumed.

It is time to evolve that system.

Read the second section…

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The real inequality…

Dear Friends,

As you may know from my previous emails, I’ve been activated by current events to offer training in PsychoNoetic clearing to those called to clear themselves, others and humanity (in other words, to become a Guardian of Humanity, and pledge to pass on the clearing. See last week’s invitation here.   See the Guardian Pledge here.) Please forward the information to anyone you know that might be interested.

Thank you to those of you who have responded so far.  The training calls will begin this coming Sunday, December 4, 11:00 am Eastern U.S. time, for Sundays to follow indefinitely, excluding Christmas and New Year’s Day.  I’ll send another email with more specific information in the next day or two.

For you and anyone else still considering whether this training is right for you, the following essay addresses the question of why clearing contractions in consciousness is essential.  There is a basic aspect of human consciousness, of self-identity, that is playing out as divisiveness throughout the many levels of global society.  Clearing that consciousness of identity-separated-from-the-whole becomes a critical factor in the overall evolution of humanity. This is the mission of the Guardians of Humanity. 

Here is the essay…
-Dr. Jeff

The real inequality…

is not wealth, ability, or even opportunity. It is our identity and the level of our consciousness.

As long as a difference persists between what we do naturally, both as individuals and collectively, and the interests of humanity as a whole, democracy will not work, at least not well. There is going to be divisiveness between ruling parties, crime within nations, and war between them. There is going to be a need for a rule of law and regulatory, even repressive government by whoever is in power. This is axiomatic.

This difference is the root cause for all the ills of society. It is at the root of social and economic differences between individuals, classes and nations. It is at the root of religious, racial and economic discrimination. And it is at the root of environmental devastation and all the environmental abuses leading to global warming. Of course, poverty, greed, crime, war, closed minded fundamentalism, and a host of other social and psychological problems are also causes, but they are intermediate causes.

The root cause is, and always will be – the difference between the selfish interests dictated by human nature, and the interests of humanity as a whole.  This difference is the real inequality, and as long as it persists, there will be no peace.

However, there is light at the end of the tunnel. Our identity is dependent on how we perceive ourselves, and vice versa. Our level of consciousness is dependent upon how clear we are, and vice versa. If these things change, our motivation and our behavior will change with it.  This, too, is axiomatic.

[A call to Guardians of Humanity is the call to clear oneself and others, to heal our separated nature, toward an enlightened Self interest for the whole of humanity.]

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Real change. Distant clearing. Guardians of Humanity.

Dear Friends,

My last communication, activated by the on-going U.S. shift in political power, was an invitation to become a Guardian of Humanity. As I said, I’m stepping forward to offer training in PsychoNoetic clearing to those of you who may be called to effect real change, developing your inner power to clear contractions in consciousness for yourself, others, and eventually all of humanity. This training is yours in exchange for taking the Guardian Pledge and passing your learning on to others.

In the next couple of weeks, I will be sharing essays about PsychoNoetic clearing and the need for doing so, beginning with re-publishing the one below on distant clearing. Please pass them on to anyone you know who may be interested. They are a preparation for the mind to accept and understand the nature of the PsychoNoetic process. I intend them to be useful to everyone’s growth in consciousness during this era we are about to experience, whether you accept the role of Guardian or are committed in another direction.

Thank you for your attention,
-Jeff

[For anyone interested in the entire protocol for clearing, it is published along with this essay as the Appendix of my new book, A Better Idea of God, and How to Get There.  My earlier book, Playing 20 Questions with God. A Cosmic Self-Repair Manual, describes my journey toward PsychoNoetic clearing and even more detail about its possible uses.  Both are available on Amazon, where you can search for books by Jeffrey S Eisen.]

How and why distant clearing works

You must read, believe and accept this; otherwise you are not going to read, believe and accept anything else that I have written about or claim to do.  In the beginning I was just like you, skeptical of all paranormal claims, completely under the influence of my senses, and in the grips of my apparent identity as an autonomous, conscious individual.  I continued to believe I was these things until I was well into my forties.  I had a full and successful life before then.  I earned a PhD in psychology, was trained as an Adlerian psychotherapist, wrote a book, and went through two marriages – all as a skeptic and an agnostic.  Then, gradually, I changed.  How I changed is too long a story to go into here, but if you are interested you can read more about it in my book, Playing 20 Questions with God.

Despite the beliefs of Western culture, we are not only individuals.  Each and every one of us is also a part of or holon to One Consciousness, the system that envelops us all.  Western culture as a whole, even science, is based on perception, ordinary perception.  We believe what we perceive, and part of what we perceive is that we are just individuals, single body/minds, aware, thinking, moving, and separate from everything and everyone else.

In order to appreciate the extent to which this ordinary perception is partial, thingified and illusory, consider the case of an Apple.  An Apple, once picked, is an individual piece of fruit.  It, like an individual person, has a skin boundary, an interior, as well as seeds and all of the other paraphernalia needed to create – new apples? – no – new trees – trees on which new apples grow.  You see if we have bought the Apple ready picked, we have probably forgotten about the tree.  But actually the Apple is just part of a system which includes not only the tree, but also everything else, water, air, sunlight, climate, the process of photosynthesis, that the tree is part of.  We have also forgotten that the tree is a temporal process.  Like the Apple itself, it has a life cycle, one which starts with a seed and ends decades or even centuries later in death, but in the meantime producing thousands of apples and many more seeds to continue its line.  And that process is just one tiny part of a vast array of processes that extend outwards to the cosmos and inwards to the microcosmos, whatever they may be.

We have also overlooked or forgotten that the tree itself, (its species defined by the kind of Apples it produces) is evolving.  And we probably do not know that the entire process of evolution is itself dependent on consciousness, which further implies that every aspect of the tree, both as a thing embedded in a system of things, and a process embedded in a system of processes is also conscious.  And we probably are not yet aware of that kind of consciousness that plants and simpler, less evolved animals rely upon, which is “knowing by being.”

But all of this is true!

What, you may ask, has all of this to do with distant clearing or any other “psychic power or siddhi?”  Just this – just as we are unaware of some aspects of the apple’s relationship to the apple tree, we are unaware of our relationship to the one consciousness that we are a part of.  However, this one consciousness, this body of consciousness, is real, as real as any apple tree.  It is both a presence (immaterial rather than material) and a process, it has a life cycle, it is evolving, and of course it is conscious…

All of this is also true.

Our senses convince us that we are what we appear to be (an autonomous, separate and separated individual) rather than what we really are (a connected body of consciousness with a skin boundary that is permeable to consciousness).  However, what we really are not only explains but even predicts all manner of ostensibly paranormal occurrences: psychic, extrasensory (ESP), telepathic, as well as distant reading, distant healing, and, of course, that which I, among others, do – distant clearing.

That which exists anywhere can potentially exist in other places; this is axiomatic. So, if you recognize or even suspect the existence of psychics, empaths, and healers anywhere you have to admit the potential for their existence in other places.  Also, you have to consider the validity of my conception of real identity, and recognize the possibility that clearing, in person or even distantly, can and does take place.  If this is so, and it is, it is also possible for you to be cleared.  What’s more, if you are experiencing problems that stem from holding a false identity, and almost all problems do, you too can benefit from being cleared.  Furthermore if I have learned to clear people, it is possible for you to learn to clear, clear yourself, and develop the ability to clear others.

This, too, is true – undeniably so.

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How and why distant clearing works

Sunday greetings, June 19, 2016, Father’s Day AND my birthday!

Every year about this time, I face one of those quirks of fate that some of us face, when two events that offer celebrations of our person are combined into one.  Not fair, but certainly ‘what is.’

And that sense of ‘what is’ is currently working through me… the essay I’m sending out is a recent one, digging deeply into what is real, and the implications for how we can move beyond the ordinary perception that we are separated individuals toward the capacity to affect the whole by clearing ourselves and others!

Enjoy the day AND the essay,

Jeff

How and why distant clearing works

You must read, believe and accept this; otherwise you are not going to read, believe and accept anything else that I have written about or claim to do.  In the beginning I was just like you, skeptical of all paranormal claims, completely under the influence of my senses, and in the grips of my apparent identity as an autonomous, conscious individual.  I continued to believe I was these things until I was well into my forties.  I had a full and successful life before then.  I earned a PhD in psychology, was trained as an Adlerian psychotherapist, wrote a book, and went through two marriages – all as a skeptic and an agnostic.  Then, gradually, I changed.  How I changed is too long a story to go into here, but if you are interested you can read more about it in my book, Playing 20 Questions with God.

Despite the beliefs of Western culture, we are not only individuals.  Each and every one of us is also a part of or holon to One Consciousness, the system that envelops us all.  Western culture as a whole, even science, is based on perception, ordinary perception.  We believe what we perceive, and part of what we perceive is that we are just individuals, single body/minds, aware, thinking, moving, and separate from everything and everyone else.

In order to appreciate the extent to which this ordinary perception is partial, thingified and illusory, consider the case of an Apple.  An Apple, once picked, is an individual piece of fruit.  It, like an individual person, has a skin boundary, an interior, as well as seeds and all of the other paraphernalia needed to create – new apples? – no – new trees – trees on which new apples grow.  You see if we have bought the Apple ready picked, we have probably forgotten about the tree.  But actually the Apple is just part of a system which includes not only the tree, but also everything else, water, air, sunlight, climate, the process of photosynthesis, that the tree is part of.  We have also forgotten that the tree is a temporal process.  Like the Apple itself, it has a life cycle, one which starts with a seed and ends decades or even centuries later in death, but in the meantime producing thousands of apples and many more seeds to continue its line.  And that process is just one tiny part of a vast array of processes that extend outwards to the cosmos and inwards to the microcosmos, whatever they may be.

We have also overlooked or forgotten that the tree itself, (its species defined by the kind of Apples it produces) is evolving.  And we probably do not know that the entire process of evolution is itself dependent on consciousness, which further implies that every aspect of the tree, both as a thing embedded in a system of things, and a process embedded in a system of processes is also conscious.  And we probably are not yet aware of that kind of consciousness that plants and simpler, less evolved animals rely upon, which is “knowing by being.”

But all of this is true!

What, you may ask, has all of this to do with distant clearing or any other “psychic power or siddhi?”  Just this – just as we are unaware of some aspects of the apple’s relationship to the apple tree, we are unaware of our relationship to the one consciousness that we are a part of.  However, this one consciousness, this body of consciousness, is real, as real as any apple tree.  It is both a presence (immaterial rather than material) and a process, it has a life cycle, it is evolving, and of course it is conscious…

All of this is also true.

Our senses convince us that we are what we appear to be (an autonomous, separate and separated individual) rather than what we really are (a connected body of consciousness with a skin boundary that is permeable to consciousness).  However, what we really are not only explains but even predicts all manner of ostensibly paranormal occurrences: psychic, extrasensory (ESP), telepathic, as well as distant reading, distant healing, and, of course, that which I, among others, do – distant clearing.

That which exists anywhere can potentially exist in other places; this is axiomatic. So, if you recognize or even suspect the existence of psychics, empaths, and healers anywhere you have to admit the potential for their existence in other places.  Also, you have to consider the validity of my conception of real identity, and recognize the possibility that clearing, in person or even distantly, can and does take place.  If this is so, and it is, it is also possible for you to be cleared.  What’s more, if you are experiencing problems that stem from holding a false identity, and almost all problems do, you too can benefit from being cleared.  Furthermore if I have learned to clear people, it is possible for you to learn to clear, clear yourself, and develop the ability to clear others.

This, too, is true – undeniably so.

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Room for God

Sunday Greetings

Going right to the point… Why does existence exist?

I have written that existence exists because nonexistence could not exist, but this is a false or sophistic answer. Actually Why is the wrong question. No question is the right one; in fact, the very act of questioning presumes cause and effect and is dual. (Also, the question itself comes out of perception and, of course, perception is dual.)

Better you shouldn’t ask!   

Isness is the answer to the unasked and unaskable question.  Isness is the resolution to the mystery of what is.  What is, just is!

Here is another way to see it from my new book… Enjoy the enigma, Jeff

Room for God

Have we at last gotten to the point in history where the leading question is no longer whether or not to believe in God – but how to define God!?

The one question that rationality and science can never answer is: why is anything here?  That question takes on many forms, for instance: why do we exist, why does anything exist, and why is consciousness conscious?  However, whatever the form, it is still the same question; it still points to the irreducible mystery of existence itself.
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The “I” that is a Constant

Sunday Greetings on Mother’s Day…

My mother had a strong sense of herself.  And in today’s blog I find myself remembering that about her.  As is true for most of us, my mother’s sense of herself, her “I”ness, moved around quite a bit, as she assumed the roles of both parents when my father died prematurely.  I remember mostly the strength at her center.

Going deeper into ‘A Better Idea of God’ with you, the following essay addresses the sense we all share of “I” and its root in absolute consciousness.

Enjoy, Jeff

The “I” that is a Constant

The sense of “I” is a constant.  Whatever we believe, feel, intend, do, we feel that the “I” that is thinking, feeling, intending, doing, is the real us, the real “I”.  What is more, it is at least conceivable that all sentient beings, on every level of evolution, whatever they are doing, feel themselves to be the very same “I”.

On the human level, we experience a plethora of “I”s that prevent us from realizing that when we simply rest in the “I” without thought, without content of any sort, we are resting in our true identity as pure consciousness – and we are God.

If the “I” is not simply our bodies, and, of course, it is not, is it really God?  If not, what is it – and what is God?

More…

 

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God is a very useful word

Sunday Greetings, May 1, 2016…

How we use words is always half the problem.  This 4th essay from my book ‘A Better Idea of God’ continues my quest for redefinition and precision.   Please pass it on to any friends who are in the exploration with you, and suggest they subscribe to the series.  I’m dedicated to moving these precise ideas into circulation because clarity about our own nature seems essential now.

Be well, Jeff

God is a Very Useful Word

The reality of consciousness: the consciousness of reality

We must not say the word ‘God’ without first realizing that no such thing exists! But once we realize that, ‘God’ is a very useful word. More than a concept, it is a waypoint in awareness. It points us, backward or forward, to a place where the veils of ordinary perception are lifted, and the walls of consensual reality crumble. It points us to the vastness of consciousness itself, consciousness without object, residing in a mind that, at least for the time, has let go of positionality, self-reflection and separateness. It points us to the one, pure consciousness that animates us and every sentient being, yet is not the sole property of any.

This one consciousness, just because it is not a thing, is indestructible. Every living thing dies, but consciousness itself is immortal. Consciousness, just because it is not a thing, is out of time and place. Consciousness is the infinite no-where or now-here (as in Ram Dass’s book ‘Be Here Now’). Consciousness and only consciousness meets all of the standards we have set for God. Consciousness is immaterial (spirit). It is not separated (everywhere/nowhere). It is non-local and non-temporal (infinite), and as the essence of mind itself, it is all knowing.

Interestingly enough, this very description of consciousness, which also meets the standards we have set for God, is the same description of reality that has emerged in the discipline of quantum physics. So, we now we have a three-part equivalence.

Consciousness = Reality = God

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God has no viewpoint

Sunday Greetings…

Below is the third chapter to my new book ‘A Better Idea of God, and How to Get There.’  It’s a nice, short, pithy essay, I hope you enjoy reading it, and that it serve your own inquiry.  Please pass it on to anyone you know who would also be interested.

It’s been a full week, with new ideas flowing, and the beginning of another book, I’m calling ‘What is!’  More and more I find myself using kinesiological testing to hone what I write to its truest form (check out ‘Playing 20 Questions with God‘ for more about this).

Have a relaxing week in the midst of All That Is,

Jeff

God has No Viewpoint

God is not everywhere and everything. He is no-where and no-thing. Therefore, he has no viewpoint.

God is not everywhere and everything; he is no-where and no-thing. In his pure state he has infinite potential, but no manifestation, no viewpoint and even no power. He has to be manifested in a living being to take on these qualities, but, then, his own nature, his God nature becomes obscured. And if he is embodied in our bodies, we tend to forget who we are.

To be fully human is to remember we are consciousness, God consciousness, then to embody it, to be God in a human form. But what is God consciousness? Really, it is nothing more than consciousness itself, absolute and pure. There is no higher power, no divinity, no hocus-pocus in it. It is just reality – unfathomable and unknowable. But because of the linearity, the inescapable thingness (or thingification) of perception, reality itself has taken on the aspects of the thing, and a hard thing at that, constricted, grey and filled with pain.  More…

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